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Windows 8.1 Update 1: Nadella's Challenge
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2/12/2014 | 11:57:26 AM
Re: Back tracking Microsoft?
What is stupifying is that Microsoft conducted user testing of Beta Win8 that provided problematic feedback from desktop users that Ballmer decided to ignore.  First mistake was leaving the desktop user functionality out of the orginal Win8 design, second mistake was going to production knowing there would be issues.  However Win8.1 Update 1 should satisty most desktop users.  So sad M$ puts its customers through such a ringer every other OS release.
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2/12/2014 | 11:36:39 AM
Re: No Start Menu, no Win8
The New Start icon in Win8.1 brings back a lot of lost features for Desktop users with a right click.  I find it interesting the Update 1 provides most of the other lost functions for desktop users like Minimize and Close icons on a "modern" app window and with the ability to put modern apps on the desktop task bar.   Win8.1 U1 is a winner.  So what's left for Win9?  After Update 1 who's going to care about the old Start Button?
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2/11/2014 | 4:38:07 PM
Re: No Start Menu, no Win8
Yeah, you raise an interesting point here. If the Start menu is eventually going to come back in Windows 9, why wait? Why implement all of these quasi-integrations now instead of just restoring the one thing everyone's been asking for? Personally, I don't feel that strongly about the Start menu, but it's clear that a lot of people do, and I'm not sure why Microsoft would drag its feet. A new Start menu certainly can't present too large an engineering challenge, right? So what does Microsoft hopes to achieve in the meantime? Is it witholding the Start menu just so it will have more ways to differentiate Windows 9 when it finally arrives?


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